CD-Cops is a shell protection which is added to the CDís main executable making reverse code engineering quite difficult. CD-Cops recognizes an original CD-ROM and rejects copies; those produced on a CD-R writer, as well as those produced by "professional pirates" on glass masters. Minute differences are measured to establish the CD-ROMís fingerprint and to ensure that copies are not accepted. This fingerprint is expressed as a code or key number. If you want to learn more about the official release of CD-Cops click here.

Detection Of The Protection

With older versions of CD-Cops, When launching the main executable, a window will appear with the words CD and Cops as the title.

The following files will exist in the games installation directory/folder (where you installed the game):

CDCOPS.DLL and files with the .GZ_ and .W_X extentions.

You can use one of the many protection detection tools from our Game Copy Protection Identifying Tools page to identify whether the protection is being used on your game.

Burning/Backup Solution

For the older versions of CD-Cops, the CD-Cops Decrypter can remove the CD-Cops protection from most CD-Cops protected applications.

You can also try using the following methods for the latest versions of CD-Cops with varying success:

You can use CloneCD to successfully burn the game. Use ClonyXXL to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (CD-Cops) and the correct settings to use in CloneCD to successfully backup the game. You can also use Alcoholer protection scanner and Alcohol 120% burning software. Use Alcoholer to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (CD-Cops) and the correct settings to use in Alcohol 120% to successfully backup the game. BlindWrite can also successfully burn a game with this protection on it. You can also use Daemon Tools to emulate the game and the protection. *Remember, if you experience problems with burning the game at high speeds, (2 speed +) (both the read and write process), then burn the game at lower speeds such as 2 speed and under (both read and write process). A lot of the time burning the game at slow speeds will solve problems of the install not working, or the burner not bypassing the CD's protection.